Where & how to get started using QR Codes

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QR codes


Enjoyed the discussions around our post yesterday about Marketing with QR codes.  It sparked quite a few questions, emails and calls.  So I thought I’d try and answer a few of them this morning...

Let’s start at the beginning....  if you have a smartphone you’ll need to download a QR code reader.  Just Google ‘QR readers’ and you’ll find lots to look into but here’s a few for the more popular phones...  they are easy to use once you have them on your phone - you just hold your phone over the funny looking box and voila - the info will show up on you phone...  

Where to get scanners for YOUR phone?  

  • iPhone QR Scanner (free)  download from the iTunes Store
  • Android Barcode Scanner (free) head to the ‘Market’ app on your phone.  Do a search on ‘barcode scanner’ - install
  • Nokia - Nokia Barcode Scanner (free) some phones come with the scanner installed if not head to their website
  • Blackberry  - Blackberry Messenger (free) if you don’t already have the BBM you can download from their website

Once you have your phone set up the next step is to consider where and what you are going to use your QR codes for.

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, if you are going to use a code on your real estate marketing material a great place to start is with RealBird.  They have already done the work for you.  Once you upload your listing, their system automatically generates a QR code with the url for your listing.  It’s pretty cool in that it will adjust the return to the device .  

But as I also mentioned there are other ways to use QR codes.  But just where to go to get your own QR code generated?  Again there are quite a few places to choose from and if you Google ‘QR Code generators’ you’ll come up with a whole list of suggestions.  

I’d like to share one that I think is pretty cool for a couple of reasons.  It’s called myqr.co.  Reason I like this one is that it allows you to choose either a URL or a vCard for the QR Code.  You can play around with different colors, and even track the useage.   Here’s a quick summary on how I use it....

I forgot to mention you can also generate a QR Code for a map from myQR.com.  

Do you have another favorite code generating site?  Let me know...  

Sure hope this helps to answer some of the questions concerning QR Codes.  

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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties

Thanks for sharing and I think I understaood what I have to do. That is a lot of inforamtion to digest. I will have to start and see what happens. 

Thanks for commenting on my blog pertaining to the CLUE report. That report could be invaluable for stoping a client from making a huge mistake.

June 26, 2011 12:29 PM
Donna Malone
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals

Lee and Pamela, What a great list of support information for finding and using information regarding code generators and readers.

June 26, 2011 02:53 PM
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN

You're always sharing such great tips and training for us! Love your video training on myQR.co and being able to change colors and use the analytics. Off to check out ARTips now!

June 26, 2011 04:25 PM
Toni Weidman
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
Re/Max Sunset Realty

I've just recentely started playing with them, Pamela. Thanks for the tips.

June 27, 2011 08:19 AM
Debb Janes
Realtor, Camas, Washington EcoBroker
The Carl Group, LLC

Very nicely done Pamela. A very thoughtful and helpful guide for QR codes...I love the color options - thanks.

June 28, 2011 12:19 PM

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